Gender equality issues (own initiative opinion)

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advies EESC: Gender equality issues (own initiative opinion)

Gender equality is not only a human rights issue; it is a social and economic necessity for the EU, its Member States and businesses, as it hugely impacts on sustainable growth and GDP, while allowing to use the potential of 51% of the EU population. The EU needs to elevate gender equality to a stand-alone goal with a binding strategy, centred in the following measures:

  • fighting the economic inequality affecting women and the current backlash of their rights; ratifying and implementing the Istanbul Convention on all forms of violence against women (including harassment);
  • addressing once and for all gendered stereotypes, namely through the media; and supporting civil society organisations working for greater gender equality.